Drone regulations in Czech Republic

Czech Drone RulesIn this article, you will learn which drone laws apply in the Czech Republic.

Maximum flight altitude: In the Czech Republic, drones can climb up to a height of 100 meters.

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Drone flights are to be carried out in sight.

Compulsory insurance: An aviation liability insurance is not stipulated to my knowledge, but is strongly recommended.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): The weight limit for multicopters is 20 kg. If necessary, there is a further restriction for private pilots.

Distance to airports: You have to keep a distance of 10 kilometers with your drone to airports.

Flight bans: In cities, you can not fly in general. Also, the overflights of roads are not permitted in principle. Flight prohibition zones can be checked through MAIA. A map with No Fly Zones is also available online. Also, in the following four national parks, no-fly zones have been established up to a height of 300 meters above ground:

  • Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Bohemian-Saxon Switzerland
  • The Bohemian Forest on the border with Bavaria
  • The Giant Mountains on the border with Poland
  • Thayatal in South Bohemia on the border to Austria

Violations threaten a fine of about 400 € or more. Exemptions can be requested from the National Park Authority.

Flight approval: At our Czech neighbors, flights are permitted for private purposes without permission.

Time of operations: I recommend using drones only in daylight in the Czech Republic.

Regulations for commercial pilots: Commercial pilots must apply for a permit for the operation of the aircraft, a permit to carry out work by drones and, if necessary, a license to operate the aircraft for their requirements. The total costs of the approval are around 960€. The Office for Civil Aviation is the competent office. According to the experience of Czech pilots, the entire process takes about three months.

Ascent permits from Germany may be accepted, but special conditions can be granted. Drones in cities are prohibited.

Good to know: Ignoring the Czech regulations can be punished with a fine of up to 185,000€.

Helpful links: CzechTourism

We have researched the listed drone regulations for the Czech Republic to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in the Czech Republic!

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Discussions

  • Anonymous user | 18.09.2017

    Hello,

    I have a question.

    First some information:
    During my summer holiday I was in prague and took my drone there for a spin by recording cool footages. I flew my drone around the prague castle. Unfortunately it was not allowed to fly there (there were no signs or anything indicating that it was prohibited to fly there). But nonetheless, i was taken to the police station of the prague Police, and those guys held me there for 2.5 hours or more without given me any information (only saying that me flying there was illegal). Afterwards I was taken to a police station somewhere else where I had to sign documents (all in Czech), and I was told that they will send my drone to a drone investigation agency, and that i should contact them about it.

    When i came back, i immediately googled similar cases to mine on google and found this website: http://www.camerastupid.com/aerial-videography-prague-stopped-police/
    This guy basically did the same thing as me, but he only received a warning. Furthermore, he flew even closer to the restricted area than me. Furthermore, the police on the picture of this website, was also in some way involved with my case because i remember his face.

    Now after about a month i received message from the drone agency that I have to pay 10.000 CZK as a penalty. I really feel that i have been treated like this because of my ethnicity. I was held at the police station for several hours without providing me with any information, they confiscated my drone from me, and now i have to pay a huge fine.

    Now my question is if i can do anything about this. because i find it really unfair.

    Kind regards

    • Alejandro G | 20.06.2018

      Flying INSIDE any city is not allowed anywhere in Europe and USA.

    • Martin | 23.08.2018

      Can you post what “Drone investigation agency” it was? I’m Czech and there is nothing like this…

      Anyway 10000 is not huge fine – it’s like $450. It’s not huge for ignoring laws. Prague castle and most of the city is NO FLY ZONE and it’s show in most of aerial maps. Czech airspace has a lot of no fly zones (airports, CTRs, military zones, etc.). By the way, do you know why is Prague castle no fly zone – because the president of the country lives there 😀

  • bob | 23.10.2017

    @anonymous user
    so you took your drone for a flight around the Prague Castle and walked away with EUR 400.- fine ?
    is that all ? you think it’s not fair ? no, it’s not fair, you should be in prison.

    do you realize the Prague Castle is the residence of the Czech President ? probably the most secure building in the country ?

    consider yourself lucky, in most other countries you would end up in prison.

    it’s exactly same if you took your drone for a spin around the White House in Washington, but then police would probably shoot you on the spot.

    wtf. is wrong with you ?

  • Jiri Stepan | 23.06.2018

    Hi @anonymous user,

    I’m from Czech republic and this is my opinion about your case. There are two different questions:

    1) Was it fair to get penalty for flying near Prague castle? Yes and you can be happy it’s only 10k CZK. There are some regulations in our country. But in many cases is breaching those rules tolerated if you don’t make any problem. Example: you can’t fly over 120m. But no one cares if you fly 500m in the countryside. It’s somehow tolerated when you fly carrefuly in a city. It’s ilegal to smoke weed, but everyone does. etc. Ofcourse it’s not easy to understand which is a breachable regulation and which not.

    Flying with a drone near the Prague castle is probably the only place in czech republic, where are drone-flying laws really strictly exforced. It’s absolte no-fly zone not only for drones, but for all aircrafts.It’s a house of our president, there is a lot of military units in the area etc.

    There is an extensive security system. Prague has not been hit by terorism yet, but security system is responding to situation in Europe. You have propably seen all those cameras, scaners etc. And you started a drone flight? WTF.

    2) Was it fair you have been held on police stations and you had to sign papers in czech language? Not next time simply insist on a translation to english. Police have to ensure this. And in Prague it is not a problem. If this part of your story is true, you can complain and get some satisfaction.

    • Jess | 26.09.2018

      Hello Jiri,

      I will travel to Prague in December and want to bring my drone with me. However, I really don’t want to get fined or arrested. As a local, do you have any places recommended for me to play with my drone? Maybe a park with beautiful view? thanks for your help!

  • yuping tao | 08.11.2018

    i want to go to the sanxon schweiz national park,no the map is there not a no fly zone ,but according to this article it seems that i can not fly at all!it’s that true or are there some ways that make me be allowed to fly here?

    • Francis Markert | 19.11.2018

      Hi,
      The No Fly Zone was established only a few weeks ago. The map is not up to date. Anyway, you can get permission from the National Park Authority.

  • Debbie | 31.03.2019

    I’m curious about getting through customs with a drone. Besides the lithium batteries which need to be in your carry on, is there potential for them not letting it through customs?

  • KBFlyer | 31.03.2019

    Is there any problem with costumes bring in your UAV into the country? Do not want them to hold it up while I visit.

  • Ryan L | 13.06.2019

    I travel to Europe and CZ from the US very often and have never once been stopped by customs for anything. I have brought my drone to CZ with no problem. Will be bringing it again this September 2019. I don’t know what customs would stop you for. If you had 10 unopened drones in your luggage and in the extremely rare and unlucky to be stopped, they may question your intent on what you will do with them and may charge you some duties. For the most part, when arriving to PRG via air, you just grab you bags and walk out.

  • Roman | 18.09.2019

    Hi Ryan
    Do I need registering drone in CZECH.Will travel up there over Christmas.Flying Mavic 2 Zoom.
    Thanks for answer

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